Alex’s End of Year Prizes 2020: Nominations and Vote for Reader’s Choice

It is with great pleasure that I announce the nominations for my annual End of Year Prizes. It’s our last blog of the year that we do every Boxing Day, to look back on the year that’s just gone and celebrate what’s been great and good about it.

Obviously, things are a little bit different like pretty much everything else this year. So some categories we usually give out prizes in have been rested for this year. But others still remain a constant, which this year has been needed more than ever.

And of course, you, the readers of this here blog, get to vote for a winner too, with our annual Reader’s Choice award, where you pick a winner from five leading lights across music, TV, films, comedy and books who’ve done the business in the last 12 months.

So without any ado, here come this year’s nominations – plus details of how you can vote for Reader’s Choice, which can be found at the bottom of this post…

MAN OF THE YEAR

  • Niall Horan
  • Marcus Rashford
  • Jay Blades
  • Freddie Flintoff
  • Mo Gilligan

WOMAN OF THE YEAR

  • Dua Lipa
  • Melanie C
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor
  • Giovanna Fletcher

SINGER OF THE YEAR

  • Dua Lipa
  • Jessie Ware
  • Niall Horan
  • Annie
  • Celeste

BAND OF THE YEAR

  • Steps
  • McFly
  • JLS
  • Little Mix
  • Four of Diamonds

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

  • Little Mix – ‘Break Up Song’
  • Joel Corry & MNEK – ‘Head or Heart’
  • Celeste – ‘Stop This Flame’
  • Steps – ‘Something In Your Eyes’
  • McFly – ‘Happiness’
  • Dua Lipa – ‘Physical’
  • Kylie Minogue – ‘Magic’
  • Niall Horan – ‘Black & White’
  • Annie – ‘The Streets Where I Belong’
  • Jonas Brothers – ‘What a Man Gotta Do’

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • Niall Horan – ‘Heartbreak Weather’
  • Kylie Minogue – ‘Disco’
  • Melanie C – ‘Melanie C’
  • Dua Lipa – ‘Future Nostalgia’
  • McFly – ‘Young Dumb Thrills’

TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

  • The HitList (BBC One)
  • Escape to the Chateau (Channel 4)
  • The Repair Shop (BBC One)
  • Little Mix – The Search (BBC One)
  • Nigella: Cook. Eat. Repeat (BBC Two)

PODCAST OF THE YEAR

  • Open Mind with Frankie Bridge
  • Right Back at Ya: The Podcast
  • The Joe Marler Show
  • White Wine Question Time with Kate Thornton
  • The Daily PopCast with Lance Bass

We will also be giving out the following prizes, which will have just one nominee and thus one winner each:

  • Book of the Year
  • Comedian of the Year
  • Live Stream of the Year
  • Film of the Year
  • Hero of 2020

And now for what you’ve all been waiting for: the nominations and voting for our equivalent of the Best Haircut award at the Smash Hits Poll Winner’s Party: Reader’s Choice. You can start voting NOW via this link here for who you want to win from this list of five faces who’ve made a strange, sad and at times infuriating year that little bit more lighter.

READER’S CHOICE

  • Jay Blades
  • Kylie Minogue
  • McFly
  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor
  • Niall Horan

Voting closes at midnight on Christmas Day, and we’ll bring you all the results as usual at midday on Boxing Day. Get voting and best of luck to everyone nominated!

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